Summer Wellness: Cool Off with these Good-For-You Herbal Iced Teas

Summer Wellness: Cool Off with these Good-For-You Herbal Iced Teas

Make Your Own Refreshers Enhanced with Herbal Goodness

Three Perfect Combos for Summer

Picture this: it's a sweltering summer day, and you're longing for something cool and refreshing to sip on. Your mind races through the possibilities – sugary sodas? GMO energy drinks? Over-sweetened juice? Or, how about something different, something delicious, nourishing, refreshing, and uplifting?

Something like…herbal iced teas!

When the heat starts to drain our energy and we crave a revitalizing pick-me-up, that's the perfect moment to turn to herbal iced teas. And the beauty of making your own is that you can craft your brew to include personalized wellness and mood-boosting benefits. Choose your herbs, add a few drops of wellness tinctures or soul-lifting flower essences to suit your intentions, and you’ve got a custom healing refresher that’s good for you! 

For inspiration, here are a few of our favorite herbal iced teas and tincture combos. More than thirst-quenchers, these drinks are packed with benefits. They help boost your immune system, reduce stress, improve digestion, and will give you an emotional lift. Plus, they're a fantastic way to stay hydrated and cool during the hot summer months.

Alignment Sun Tea with Lemon Balm and Tulsi Basil

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of LeeHouse Alignment Herbal Tea (or dried lemon balm and dried basil)
  • 1 dropper of Lemon Balm Tincture with Raw Honey
  • 1 quart of water
  • Ice
  • Lemon slices (optional)
  • Honey or sweetener (optional)
  • *If you like sweet tea, add a teaspoon of stevia leaf to your brew.

Instructions:

  1. Brew the Alignment Herbal Tea by steeping 3 tablespoons in 1 quart of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Or, make sun tea by adding all ingredients to a jar and placing it in the sun for 4-5 hours (our preferred method)!
  2. Strain the brew when it’s ready and let it cool for a bit.
  3. Once cooled, pour the mixture into a cup filled with ice.
  4. Add 1 dropper of Lemon Balm Tincture with Raw Honey to elevate your mood.
  5. Add lemon slices and sweetener if desired.
  6. Stir well and serve chilled.

Benefits: This blend helps balance your heart and mind, making it perfect for relaxation and stress relief. The Lemon Balm Tincture with Raw Honey enhances calming effects and adds a touch of sweetness. Lemon Balm is a nervine, promoting a relaxed mood, and Tulsi is a powerful adaptogen that reduces stress.

Ashwagandha Mint Iced Tea

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a pitcher, muddle the fresh mint leaves to release their flavor.
  2. Add 1 quart of cold water and 1 tablespoon of Ashwagandha Root Extract.
  3. Stir well and let it sit for a few minutes to infuse.
  4. Fill the pitcher with ice and add lime slices if desired.
  5. Add honey or sweetener to taste, along with the flower essence.
  6. Serve chilled and enjoy the refreshing and stress-relieving benefits.

Benefits: Ashwagandha helps manage stress and anxiety, while mint provides a cooling and refreshing flavor and helps ease digestion. California Poppy Essence ignites your sacral chakra, boosts feelings of empowerment and purpose.

Fresh Herb Refresher on the Rocks

Ingredients:

  • A few sprigs of your favorite fresh herbs (we suggest trying Lemon Balm and Basil)
  • 1 dropper of LeeHouse Transcend Flower Essence (optional, but adds that extra magic)
  • Filtered water
  • A slice of lemon or lime
  • Ice

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Herbs: Rinse the fresh herbs under cool water. Lightly bruise the herbs by gently crushing them with your hands or using the back of a spoon to release their natural oils and flavors.
  2. Fill the Glass: Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  3. Add the Herbs: Place the bruised herb sprigs into the glass with the ice.
  4. Add Water: Pour filtered water over the ice and herbs, filling the glass.
  5. Add the Flower Essence: If desired, add 1 dropper of LeeHouse Transcend Flower Essence to the glass for an extra touch of magic.
  6. Garnish: Add a slice of lemon or lime to the glass for a citrusy twist.
  7. Stir and Serve: Stir the beverage gently to combine the flavors. Serve immediately and enjoy the refreshing and aromatic drink.

Benefits:  Lemon Balm is known for its calming effects, helping reduce stress and anxiety. Basil is rich in antioxidants, supports immune health, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Transcend Flower Essence enhances feelings of relaxation and upliftment, adding an extra layer of mental and emotional well-being. Lemon or lime provides a boost of vitamin C, supports hydration, and adds a refreshing citrus flavor.

three glass mugs filled with iced tea and various fruits and herbs sit on a counter

Tips:

  • Experiment with different combinations of fresh herbs and fruits to find your favorite flavor profile.
    • Orange Mint and orange slices
    • Lavender and frozen blackberries
    • Strawberry and basil
    • Lemon verbena and ginger
  • For a slightly sweeter beverage, add a drizzle of honey or a splash of your favorite natural sweetener.
  • Play with flower essences to enhance mood and magic to your beverages.
  • Use your own fresh herbs, or purchase fresh herbs from the grocery store or your local farmer's market.

These herbal iced teas and tincture combos are perfect for staying cool and healthy during the summer.  It's so easy to xreate delicious and beneficial beverages that will keep you refreshed and revitalized. Enjoy experimenting with these recipes and feel free to share your creations with us!

xoxo

Leslie

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